GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 12.10

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  • Discontinued distros: Dreamlinux
  • Continued: Damn Small Linux
  • Added 10 distros (total 480): KaarPux, NixOS, OpenELEC, OpenNode, Santoku, Slack/390, Vulnix, Whonix
  • Renamed: QubesOS -> Qubes OS
  • Fixed: Bedrock (not Gentoo based), Dreamlinux URL, Kaella URL, KateOS URL, Resulinux URL, Symphony OS URL
  • Contributors: Fred, aszlig, D. M., phil, lixiao
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4
  • When using LibreOffice Calc, turn on “quoted field as text”

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 12.9

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  • Discontinued distros: ASP, HostGIS, White Box
  • Continued: Ubuntu Christian Edition
  • Added 50 distros (total 470): Airinux, Amahi, Ångström, ArtistX, Asturix, BackBox, Bedrock, BlackRhino, Bridge, CAINE, Commodore OS, DeLi(cate), Descent|OS, Draco, DRBL, Elementary OS, ELinOS, Hadron, INSERT, KaeilOS, LDR, Liberté, Mandragora, Matriux, Mer, Monomaxos, OpenEmbedded, OpenMediaVault, P@xtreme, Phinx, Polippix, Proxmox, PUIAS, quantOS, Red Ribbon, ROSA, Sage Live CD, SecUntu, ServOS, siduction, Snowlinux, srvRX live, Tango Studio, Tizen, Ubuntu Studio, UserLinux, VINUX, Xamin, Xebian, Zenix OS
  • Added connectors: Arch->Liquid Lemur, Ubuntu->LliureX, Ubuntu->Amahi, Ubuntu->Caixa Mágica, Debian->Finnix, Debian->Airinux, Debian->ArtistX, Ubuntu->ArtistX, OpenEmbedded->KaeilOS, Debian->Zenix OS
  • Renamed: SAM->SAMity, Ylmf->StartOS
  • Fixed: Finnix (Red Hat), gnuLinEx (dates), Ark (website), CentOS->SME connector, removed Debian->LMDE connector
  • Contributors: Markus Hagenlocher, 幻, Alex Zimmerman, Andrey, Azis Naufal, Bassett, Brian Tomlinson, Burak Sezer, Daniel Atalaya, Gavin, Hasan Görmüş, Ismael, Ivan Petrov, Jalal Rohani, Joseph, Matthias, Marco H, Mitch Spinard, No GUI, Pablo, Phil, Ryan Finnie, Shane, Stefan Ivanović, Stefano Antiga, Thirawoot
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4
  • When using LibreOffice Calc, turn on “quoted field as text”

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 12.2

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  • Discontinued distros: Chaox, Damn Vulnerable Linux, KateOS
  • Added 10 distros (total 420): 0, Arch Linux ARM, FREESCO, LliureX, Manjaro, MNIS, Nature’s Linux, Pingo, Project Ballantin, Unifix
  • Added connectors: Kubuntu->Netrunner
  • Contributors: appzer0, Clemens Tönnies, Dan, David Greekas, Ed Koenig, Esashi Net Groove Administrator, Kaspar Bumke, LliureX Team, mar04, Markus Hagenlocher, Neschur, Pablo, Pierre Morel, Rok Papež, siarhei
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 12.1

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  • Discontinued distros: gnuLiNex, gOS
  • Added 11 distros (total 410): Bodhi, Exherbo, FireFly, Pear OS, Kwort, MAX, mkLinux, Tails, Viperr, webOS, XBMC Live
  • Added connectors: Gentoo->Chromium OS, Ubuntu->Deepin, Red Hat->MkLinux
  • Fixed: AtheOS (no Linux kernel), swapped Syllable (no Linux kernel) for Syllable Server, DOSLINUX website, nUbuntu end date
  • Contributors: 幻 (tianyizhihuan), Adam McDaniel, AKP, Bernhard Frauendienst, David B. Cortarello, dothebart, Gonzalo Alcalde, Ingmar Vanhassel, James Snyder, Javier Rodríguez Pascua, Jeff Bower, Jeff Hoogland, knowitall, Pablo, Sergio Conde
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.10

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added 10 distros (total 400): AtheOS, BrazilFW, Dream Studio, Garuda, Leka Rescue Floppy, Linux Mint Debian, Syllable, SystemRescueCD, Tirwal, Vyatta
  • Added connectors: Lubuntu->DEFT
  • Fixed: DEFT, Debian->CrunchBang connector
  • Contributors: Alan, Alexandre Singh, ArcturusAVNR, Carlo, Connor, Javier, Maarten, Paul, Pasi Rajala
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.8

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  • Discontinued distros: Jollix
  • Added 10 distros (total 390): Arc-Live, A/V, Bardinux, Liquid Lemur, Moblin 2, Porteus, Rocks, TEENpup, VENENUX, ZENIX
  • Added connectors: Arch->ConnochaetOS
  • Fixed: Moblin/Maemo/Meego
  • Contributors: angeldeath, mario, Nanonai, Ross Burton
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

Crowdsourcing, does it work?

After a short essay on methodology we’re curious to find out whether there are any master-snoops among our audience.
We present exhibit M, a rare specimen we know nothing about but for the fact that it was compiled from bits of Gentoo. Hence we call publicly for any hints or leads regarding this elusive distribution!

Meanwhile, a gentle reader has drawn to our attention the fact that Damn Vulnerable Linux is currently listed as a Slax derivate by the major pundit places, while it certainly boasted a Damn Small Linux pedigree in it’s very beginnings. The switch has happened, but everyone claims not to have seen when it did! Have you?

And just in case anyone needs more material, here’s our current ToDo buffer.

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.7

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added 10 distros (total 380): BlueOnyx, DEFT, Greenie, Jollix, Linvo, LPS, Newtoos, PLATYPUX, Semplice, SlaXBMC
  • Added connectors: Fedora->Kororaa
  • Contributors: Analekto, Connor Wood, Galin
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

You know my methods, Watson

Greenie. An Ubuntu-based distribution that seems to be pretty popular in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and thus probably a good addition to the GLDT.
Quick googling leads us to the official page and to DistroWatch. The latter hints at a game oriented Xubuntu fork in early 2008, rebasing to Ubuntu in mid-2008.
The official page doesn’t seem to sport any change logs or release announcements (while my Slovak is very poor, this isn’t much of a problem thanks to Google Translate).
The oldest downloads (mirror) seem to have been purged.
The forums also only hold comparatively recent posts.
Googling a bit further reveals that Greenie was known in 2007. Time to power up the Wayback Machine: voilá. Since my Slovak hasn’t improved much in the meantime, lets feed again the earliest archive link to the translator… “The beginning of the project [...] 14th September 2007″ and “Greenie Linux 1.0 is based directly on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.” (on a second look, that page was available in English anyway!)
Job done.

While checking out the page DW links to Greenie, Newtoos catches the eye. The Slovakian Wikipedia says something about it forking off of Ubuntu in Nov 2008.
Researching further, we see that the download ISOs share a common folder. Extracting the URL from the link address, we quickly reveal Newtoos’ release date: 2008.11.13.

If only project sites had a nicely visible change log / history section…
Two distributions for the GLDT 11.7 are done, eight still to go!

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.6

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added 10 distros (total 370): AnikOS, B2D, Burapha, Euronode, Jarro Negro, Rxart, Synergy, ThinClientOS, Tiny, Ubuntu Rescue Remix
  • Added connectors: Debian->Dreamlinux, Ubuntu->Backtrack, Ubuntu->Nova
  • Contributors: Stefan Ivanović, Armando, Federico Tello Gentile, Imran Hussain, oscar
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4